Spot a Clock: Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Clock

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum clock, located at 929 East Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is part of the O’Donnell Park complex, and opened in 1995. The clock dial and associated movement have an older history. The clock was previously part of the Everett Street Depot.

The Everett Street Depot was constructed by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (The Milwau-kee Road). The Depot opened in 1887 and remained in service until 1967. A fire damaged the building a week after it closed, and the building was razed in 1968.
Based on Fredrick Shelley’s compilation of tower clocks, the clock movement in the Everett Street Depot was a Howard #3. During demolition, the movement and a dial and hands were saved, and later incorporated into the O’Donnell Park complex.

The Howard movement had been electrified at some point in its history. The clock was restored and placed in a Plexiglas enclosure inside the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, allowing children an opportunity to watch this unique clock in action.
The material originally comprising the center of the dial was likely opaque glass, but was restored with clear glass to provide viewing of the hands and activities along Wisconsin Avenue .

Restoration of the clock and movement was coordinated by Jack Heisler and supported by Chapter 47. A commemorative plaque is located on the north side of the building.

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The Mart will be on November 19th, at the Knights of Columbus

I hope everyone enjoyed the new location, it is: Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214. Everything went well and I heard the coffee was good.

Thanks to Robert Olney for his talk at the September meeting. His talk was on World War II ships clocks. He discussed that most of the ships clocks for the US were made by two different manufactures, Chelsea and Seth Thomas. While the clocks are similar there are many variances between the manufactures. Robert brought along many examples for us to see. Thanks for enlightening us about these clocks.

Brad Smith is going to do a presentation at the November 19 meeting on the Rolling Ball Clock he built.

We need presentations for upcoming meetings. If you have any suggestions or would like to do a presentation please contact Harry Schulz.

We will be having a board meeting after the presentation to discuss future chapter ideas. Please pass along any ideas you may have to me or any officers or board members.

Thank you,
Craig White

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